Eng­land’s game plan re­vealed on ABC Ra­dio

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

ABC Ra­dio has in­creased Eng­land’s em­bar­rass­ment in the fourth Ashes Test by re­veal­ing the care­fully pre­pared bowl­ing plans pro­vided for each Aus­tralian bats­man.

The ra­dio sta­tion claimed it was emailed the plans by a source and read them out on air just as Eng­land seemed at a loss about just how to end the stub­born 279-run part­ner­ship be­tween Matthew Hay­den and Andrew Sy­monds yes­ter­day.

The plans were pre­pared by team an­a­lyst Mark Gar­away as part of a video pre­sen­ta­tion on each Aus­tralian bats­man which Eng­land study be­fore the start of each Test.

They are then pinned on the board in the dress­ing room, where Eng­land claim the plans must have been taken from, al­though that ac­count has been dis­puted by Aus­tralian me­dia sources who be­lieve they were found at the MCGbe­fore be­ing emailed on to ABC Ra­dio.

Eng­land’s bowlers were ad­vised to work on Hay­den’s ego by aiming to bowl dot balls and put an ex­tra catcher on the edge of the pitch, a po­si­tion the tourists per­sisted with through­out his su­perb in­nings of 153.

They were more suc­cess­ful with their strat­egy for Aus­tralian cap­tain Ricky Ponting, who the plans claim, is vul­ner­a­ble to pulling in front of square in the air early in his in­nings which was ex­actly how he fell to Andrew Flintoff in the sev­enth over of the day.

But their ideas for re­mov­ing Andrew Sy­monds clearly still need de­vel­op­ment af­ter he claimed his maiden Test cen­tury and en­gi­neered Aus­tralia’s stun­ning fight­back.

The plans high­lighted the best way to re­move Sy­monds was through a bouncer, but de­spite nu­mer­ous at­tempts to tempt him into hook­ing, Sy­monds was never drawn into the trap.

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